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Echo Show sees temporary $30 price cut after removal of YouTube app

By Polycount · 4 replies
Oct 10, 2017
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  1. Recently, Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker (the company's first Echo with a screen) had its built-in YouTube app removed by Google. The search engine giant cited poor app implementation on Amazon's part and a "broken user experience" as their primary motivations behind the move but with the company reportedly developing their own Show competitor (codenamed "Manhattan"), there could be more to the story.

    This mystery device will supposedly include many of the same features the Show already has (including YouTube playback) while also acting as a smart home hub for various smart home devices.

    Regardless of Google's reasoning behind the decision, YouTube's removal hasn't sat well with a large portion of Show users, many of whom have taken to the device's reviews section on Amazon to vent their frustration.

    In what could be seen as an attempt to pull in more potential customers following the app's removal, Amazon has temporarily slashed the device's price down to $200 from $230. This is a nice gesture but it might not be a significant enough price reduction to sway future customers (and it does nothing to ease the concerns of existing Show owners).

    Indeed, with the current lack of YouTube integration, Amazon's new $99 2nd-gen Echo could prove to be a much more appealing choice for potential smart speaker owners.

    According to the Show's Amazon store page, this price cut is a "limited-time offer" as part of the company's fall sale but there's no word on when it's set to expire.

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  2. senketsu

    senketsu TS Enthusiast Posts: 72   +38

    "had its built-in YouTube app removed"
    well, they didn't build it in very well, did they
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,454   +3,175

    200 bucks for that nuisance thinly disguised as something useful??? What the hell are they smoking?
     
  4. Slappy McPhee

    Slappy McPhee TS Enthusiast Posts: 51   +14

    I do have to say as well that the 2 c-note pricetag is a serious detractor to me. You can build your own Alexa video enabled box for less than half that with a Raspberry Pi. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get that isn't something the masses are into doing, but you know there is a serious mark-up on this product. Sure, there are development costs associated and those costs need to be covered, but still I am pretty confident they have manufacturered these boxes for less than $50, quite possibly even below $25.
     
  5. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 600   +169

    It'll be lower around Black Friday. Might as well wait if you've held off this long but want one.
     

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